Mark Romanack

Little things often make a big difference in fishing. Several years ago I picked up a fishing tip from legendary trout fisherman Buzz Ramsey that would ultimately change the way I fish wobbling crankbaits.

Iconic trout and salmon fisherman Buzz Ramsey designed the Mag Lip to have a “hunting” or “skip beat” action. If you look closely you’ll note that this brown was caught by rigging using a snap on the end of the fishing line and also the factory supplied snap on the Mag Lip.

            We were filming a TV episode on Lake Ontario targeting the many spring brown trout that prowl the shorelines from Niagara Falls to Olcott, New York. At the time the Mag Lip plug was very new and I had only fished them a time or two.

            As we were setting lines, Buzz noticed that I removed the cross lock snap that comes factory supplied on the Mag Lip. Buzz asked why I was removing the snap and I explained that I run a similar snap at the terminal...

Trolling reels come in seemingly every size and design imaginable these days. Some of these reels are so small it’s hard to imagine them as useful trolling aids and others are so large it boggles the mind to image why anyone fishing in freshwater would need so much line capacity.

            Most manufacturers of trolling reels size them about the same as their competition so as not to miss out any “niche” market. The Daiwa Sealine line counter and level wind style trolling reels I’m using include models in the 17, 27, 47, 57 and 60 size rating.

The same SG27LC Daiwa line counter reels used to target walleye get double duty when the Fishing 411 staff targets spring brown trout like this.


            A lot of confusion focuses on the 17 size line counter reel. For many open water trolling chores, these smaller reels simply do not have enough line capacity. The problem comes in when fishing long trolling leads often needed to ge...


            Trolling spoons are among the most iconic of all Great Lakes trolling lures. The familiar wobble and flash of a trolling spoon have been widely in use to catch lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, king salmon, coho salmon, Atlantic salmon and even walleye for nearly four decades. Few would argue that spoons catch just about every sport species that swim in the Great Lakes.

The Jr. Streak is considered a walleye spoon, but they are widely used to catch other Great Lakes species like this cisco that came from Grand Traverse Bay. Fishing spoons on downriggers and in combination with attractors like this Big Al Fish Flash are some of the most effective ways to get the most from trolling spoons.

             During my tenure as an outdoor writer in the Great Lakes region, I’ve witnessed trolling spoons make some amazing adjustments. When salmon were first introduced into Lake Michigan back in 1966, the only spoons on the market...

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